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300: Rise of an Empire Reviews

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January 14, 2019
Did not think it was bad. Eva Green was great, and the movie had some cool scenes, especially in the end.
½ December 28, 2018
A head of its time no doubt.
½ September 9, 2018
An incoherent mess that exists only to fill the screen with nudity and gore. In the first film, there was a point to these R-rated elements: The blood was intentionally flat and unrealistic, to give it the same feel as the graphic novel. By having it look fake and stylized, you could go over the top with it, being artful without it looking gross. But in this sequel, the blood looks tangible and shiny. It's nasty, defeating the entire point of the blood from the first film. As for the nudity, it had a narrative purpose in the first film: Leonidas making love to his wife before going off to war. But in the sequel, they just shove breasts onto the screen simply for the sake of having nudity. It's unmotivated and gratuitous.
½ August 27, 2018
Though the visuals and flashy bloody action remain intact, 300: Rise of an Empire lacks charisma and originality.
½ May 26, 2018
300 Rise of an Empire is one awesome sequel with impressive battle scenes and crazy characters!
½ May 21, 2018
Good action movie of early Greek Battles with Persia
½ April 10, 2018
a largely engaging, sophisticated development of the '300' tale. while it trenchantly magnifies the original's exaggerated gore, a contradistinction to it is the individuals here are delved into. no character is a cipher, and there is some intellectual comprehension and acumen during the violence. given, the directing is frothy, but a decent script tempers on-the-fly machismo.
March 24, 2018
The movie is a legend
March 23, 2018
It just didn't have its predecessor's awesomeness factor.
½ March 3, 2018
Looks good, its entertaining, but fails to surpass his predecessor.
Easily forgotten.
February 12, 2018
There are many who seem not to like for stylish spectacle for its own sake, so those of us who found much to enjoy in 300:Rise of an Empire should let them have their smug tantrums about how much they were offended and cursed by the experience of having to view this film. For myself, I rather enjoy films of extreme style wedded with mastery of technique. Forgetting the storyline, which is what you'd expect, an alternative universe history based on vaguely recognizable facts , we can relish the cool , dark, damp and half toned world this is, the wonderfully composed computer effects, the supremely fluid camera work and the switching back and forth between slow motion and real time speed. Improbable, absurd, fantastic beyond belief, yes, but that is the point. Zack Snyder's original 300 movie is a masterpiece of elegant, near homoerotic verve and grace under bloody orchestrations of dance-caliber combat, and 300:ROAE's helmer Noam Murro takes up the previous director's graphic-novel dynamics splendidly. Eva Green as the Big Bad is sufficiently realized and larger than life, a presence that occupies each frame fully and overwhelmingly.Highest recommendation for those hankering for some artful hack and slash, with speeches.
February 2, 2018
Unfortunately, the stylish novelty seen in the first 300 film had worn out its welcome by the time this installment came along. Themistocles felt like an empty lead hero, practically generic in a way, failing to resonate any sort of rooting interest. Eva Green's wicked Artemisia was mildly more interesting but couldn't do much to save the movie. Some of the more interesting elements were the back stories to Xerxes and Artemisia, but all in all a rather dull outing.
½ December 29, 2017
Even more so than it's predecessor, Rise of an Empire is the definition of style over substance. Eva Green steals every scene that she is in and the whole film evolves the 300 story to a new level that it deserves.

½ December 28, 2017
Don't waste your time or money on this loser, you would think people would realize in the 21st century what makes a movie poor, stupid and idiotic, if you don't know than watch this piece of garbage. no stars
½ December 21, 2017
Overall Good movie. very violent and shows a lot of the killing in detail so be prepared but the storyline is very well developed and the overall message of never giving up and keeping your dignity and pride is very prevelant throughout the movie
November 21, 2017
While having some cool moments this a truly bad movie and disappointing sequel to a movie I enjoyed.
November 7, 2017
Did We Really Need a Sequel to "300"? After seven years Hollywood decides to make a sequel to 300 and my only question is why?

SPOILER ALERT: If you have not seen the first 300, they all die at the end so, sadly, we get no Gerard Butler in this film. Butler has not done much since then but his presence and Spartan kick were deeply missed in the most recent installment of, 300. While the first 300 was no masterpiece by any means, a sequel was nothing more than unnecessary. Of course, the only reason Hollywood gave it the green light was to make more money off of the franchise. Zach Snyder (Watchmen and Man of Steel) does not return to the director's chair in this one. Instead, Noam Murro (Smart People) steps in his place. Murro tries, but lacks Snyder's keen visionary experience to help shape the film as a whole.

Where in the first film we have the underdog story of the Spartans, here the plot focuses on Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton), the leader of the Athenians who goes to war against the invading Persian army to unite all of Greece. The sequel also takes place before, during and after the events of the first film. The Persian forces are still led by Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro), who will stop at nothing to have the whole world serving underneath his feet. Eva Green plays Artemisia, a new commander of the Persian navy who is out for vengeance. If anything, watch this film for Green's performance alone. She does an excellent job as the vengeful leader out for everyone's head. It's a shame because even with Green's grand performance the film still falls flat and is nothing more than a bloodbath. The sequel is nothing more than stylized gore to try and please the viewer.

So if buckets of blood with no point amuse you, why not pay the extra buck to see it in 3D? Along with the bland storytelling the film also packs in one of the most outrageous sex scenes in recent memory. Where this first film was just mere fun and enjoyment of the underdog story, here the sequel is nothing more that just pointless bloodshed for a few more bucks. Green does her best as the ruthless villain but is overshadowed by the rest of the mess in this film. 300: Rise of an Empire gets two bloody stars out of five.
October 25, 2017
Even less substance than the first film and an excess of gore and violence, mixed with less compelling visuals reduce this sequel to more of a comic book style film and in some cases a bit cheesy.
October 20, 2017
Is it a 300 prequel, sequel, or set concurrently with the events of 300? Yes. It somehow manages to be all of the above, and manages to come up with a story that leads up to the events of the original and sorta what happens afterwards as well as creating a storyline of what was happening at the same time somewhere else. It's also always fun when original actors return in cameos to reprise their roles to give further character backstory especially the "this is madness!" guy who manages to get a quick story arc.
½ October 14, 2017
They took my advise. Eva complete's it.
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